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Parents to raise concerns about possible Enfield school closure

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Nathan Hale School  (WFSB file photo) Nathan Hale School (WFSB file photo)

An Enfield elementary school may soon close its doors for good, and it’s all an effort by district leaders to save money.

The idea to close Nathan Hale Elementary School was presented at a public meeting last month, and it didn’t go over well with many parents.

On Wednesday evening, parents are looking to attend the Board of Education meeting in an effort to stop the possible closure.

“I feel like it's a reckless decision,” said Jennefer Ryan, of Enfield.

The plan calls on closing the school by the end of the current academic year, and it would reportedly save the district about $250,000, but parents said their children’s education is priceless.

"There is no dollar amount that can justify taking away what is rightfully theirs,” Ryan said.

The students would be dispersed among the three remaining kindergarten to second grade schools in Enfield, but parents have a number of concerns, from class size, to travel time, and decreased property values.

"Children are resilient, but at the same time how much stress are we putting on these children already,” Linda Leander, of Enfield.

Enfield Superintendent of Schools Jeffrey Schumann said he empathizes with parents, but said that class size would actually decrease, and there will likely be no layoffs.

He said it all boils down to meeting the needs of the current climate.

"With the state's budgetary issues and our fear that the funding from the state capitol is going to be reduced, we were looking at ways to reduce our budget expenditures,” Schumann said.

While the Board of Education is scheduled to vote on the proposal next Tuesday, that timeline can be adjusted.

"I'm hoping that the Board of Education will listen to the parents’ concerns and suspend their vote so they have time to fully explore the impact that this will have on the community,” Ryan said,

The meeting is taking place Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at Enfield Town Hall.

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